SERVICE AREA 2022
Desert Hot Springs
WELCOME TO RADICAL DESERT NETWORK, LLC
Welcome to RADICAL DESERT NETWORK aka “RADICAL DESERT”. We are a desert based, community-centric Internet Service Provider (ISP) providing private internet connectivity while solving the commercial and residential broadband bottleneck, the digital divide, and digital literacy in the Coachella Valley and High Desert Region.
RADICAL DESERT is an ISP that dares to care about our clients as well as the community in which we live and operate.
Throw a dart at a map of the Coachella Valley and High Desert region and you are likely to hit a spot where the internet service is at best mediocre, or possibly non-existent, with no actionable plan to resolve it any time soon. This is true for commercial, residential, and agricultural areas alike. To participate in today’s world, one needs reliable and fast broadband, yet 65% of the 2021 Coachella Valley business broadband survey respondents claim slow and or unreliable broadband. With technology trends requiring more broadband with ever increasing bandwidth needs in the future, the delta between what the Coachella Valley High Desert Region needs and what it has will only grow.
Relying on the national Telco’s to address this digital shortfall has left many Coachella Valley and High Desert communities technologically behind, has hampered the digital literacy of its residents as well as its economic development and opportunities. And while the roll out of 5G wireless does provide some degree of improved mobile data services to previously underserved properties, 5G is not designed to be an adequately scalable gigabit speed broadband networking solution to support business and residential broadband access now or in the future.
In short, the Coachella Valley and High Desert, while having some fiber optic infrastructure in place on some main corridors, does not have an inclusive fiber network, and 5G and satellite services are not going to fix that. And while this shortfall has been an annual economic, educational, and social development hot topic for years, solving it remains a mere vision, decades and 10’s of millions of dollars away.
First, RADICAL DESERT is taking connectivity LOCAL deploying site and area specific network solutions. Second, utilizing the public and private fiber runs the Coachella Valley and High Desert do have, wirelessly extend the reach of the in ground broadband capacity to enterprises and residences across the entire region. Serving clients broadband capacity beyond the lit main corridors by utilizing proven best in class fixed wireless point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio and laser network equipment and protocols. Third, we work with business, Municipal, Civic and State leaders to collectively extend broadband capacity to the previously unserved areas of the Coachella Valley and High Desert in a timelier and cost-effective way than deploying fiber. Fourth, we support a valley wide digital literacy program to ensure that the newly onboarded and online members of our society can take full advantage of the power a gigabit network provides. Finally, the RADICAL DESERT network backbone is self-sustaining with solar power and battery backup, ensuring the RADICAL DESERT NETWORK is reliable and resilient, with or without the electric grid or the World Wide Web.
RADICAL offers an alternative to the nameless faceless purveyors of the internet and instead brings 24/7 local care and pointed client services to this digital relationship. Starting with our proximity based custom-built gigabit network residing on the client’s side of the World Wide Web, we bring data controls and access closer to our clients, while offering industry specific services catered to each client’s needs.
It’s no longer the Coachella Valley and High Desert getting only what the telcos offer, it’s the Coachella Valley and High Desert getting what it needs and wants.
2. RADICAL DESERT’s internet backhaul capacity is provided from our Palm Springs PoP’s and other strategic fiber access points throughout the Coachella Valley and High Desert. The redundant access points of the RADICAL network are linked via fiber as well as wirelessly from point-to-point or point-to-multipoint millimeter wavelength radios and laser links installed on existing roof tops, power and light poles, and radio towers.
Much like rooftop solar creates distributed power production array by array, point-to-point wireless installations distribute the private network broadband signal to where it is needed quickly and efficiently. By design, RADICAL’s wireless network is installed subtly within the architecture and context of the buildings and targeted commercial and residential areas we serve.
The range and proximity of our radios allows our network to be extended to serve adjacent and outlying under and unserved residential areas of the community as well. As such, the RADICAL hybrid business and enterprise client network serve as the “middle mile” providing broadband infrastructure to the otherwise isolated residences.
Utilizing strategic network locations that are already in place like rooftops and municipal streetlights we seamlessly and sustainably provide broadband where needed without the major infrastructure construction time and expense. This holistic network approach serves municipal, business, and residential areas with the least amount of negative impact while providing balanced societal broadband. As a digitally connected and literate residential community benefits the adjacent businesses and vice versa.
With RADICAL DESERT’s network significantly reducing the time and cost needed to reach those on the wrong side of the digital divide, the opportunity to extend monthly service fee aid is increased exponentially. Together, as community leaders, we can solve the elusive digital divide, in a fraction of time and cost, with all stakeholders’ best interest in mind.
4. While we at RADICAL celebrate all the power of true broadband, we are firmly rooted in the belief that life is not about the internet and certainly not the current top-down internet that treats us all as nameless users and targeted consumers. The internet is to help us communicate, to process on scale, to share information, to cure, to entertain and more… But it is also about creativity and learning which leads to increased opportunity.
The Coachella Valley and High Desert are diverse, and their needs many. But as we bring our communities together over a shared digital infrastructure, we too support region wide programs for technological learning both online and community-based brick and mortar. RADICAL is dedicated to the internet and true broadband access to all, but also to making sure that our communities have the knowledge and wherewithal to best utilize the power that comes with our high-speed connections.
5. The RADICAL DESERT network is here to serve the Coachella Valley and High Desert. It is built for the desert, in the desert, to be a true community asset. And while the connection to the World Wide Web is a significant function of the network, remaining independent and freestanding should the Web face major outages is also of critical importance. As such, RADICAL utilizes local, private, data centers and network nodes that are independent from the WWW and the electric grid, assuring that the community’s network will not only be independent but resilient and self-reliant as well.
RADICAL DESERTT NETWORK LLC Leadership:
David Herrlinger, CEO – co-founder of Hot Purple Energy, and a mixed-use and multi-use real estate developer, as well as an early developer of Fiber-to-the-Home networks in California.
Paul Martin Schwartz, Technology Management – a +20 year telecommunications expert with vast experience raging from fiber broadband and wireless broadband projects in both the US and Europe.
Devon Gilmond, Director of Field Operations – Most people know Devon from his ownership and management of WiFi by Coachella Valley. His 10 plus years of fixed wireless experience and legendary customer care are cornerstones of our network’s last mile connectivity and client experience.
Alex Gerber, Director of IT – Mr. “Programming is easy. Math is hard.” Self-taught UNIX at 15. Prior to RADICAL worked in data science & analytics, network security, disk recovery, scripting/automation, and machine learning. Holds degrees computational logic and economics from Carnegie Mellon University, plays drums, and loves to build RADICAL networks.
Nate Otto, Energy and Infrastructure – Owner and CEO of Hot Purple Energy, General Contractor and industry leader in solar and battery systems for on and off-grid energy solutions and power management.
RADICAL maintains a technology partner strategy that focuses on using open-source software tools where possible and being vendor agnostic and always making sure to have alternative vendors for all critical components.
Some of our network technology partners:
RADICAL DESERT is dedicated to client satisfaction and customer service. Currently we offer broadband packages to meet the needs of clients ranging from a single person home to a muti room hotel or other high use enterprise. Service levels are packaged in our Essential, Live/Work, Business, and Enterprise Nets, we tailor the broadband to the client’s individual needs and budget.
All our service levels are made to order and installed and maintained specifically to the client, for the client, by us.
RADICAL DESERT cares about the digital health of the Coachella Valley and High Desert and is dedicated to making our network the envy of small and large cities everywhere. By utilizing our efficient and adaptive approach we can move quickly to solve the pressing issues that the Coachella Valley and High Desert are facing, while giving residents, businesses, and enterprises the tools they need to compete in today’s digital world.